"It's Not For Everyone" — Delivery Rider Who Made RM2,800 In 2 Days Says It Is Hard Work

"Being a food delivery rider is often seen as a menial job, but it's legitimate income in exchange for hard work."

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Service workers are often labelled as possessing mere 'menial' jobs.

But is this the true reality of the nature of their work?

Last Wednesday, 14 December, a Facebook user who goes by the handle Billy Cane, released a post on his page that has since taken off, and garnered the widespread attention of both Malaysians and Singaporeans.

Cane, who is Malaysian, revealed his earnings as a food delivery rider in Singapore, saying, "A lot of my friends have asked me how much I make as a delivery rider. So, I'll share it here today. I earned SGD856.32 (approximately RM2,800) in the span of two days. That averages out to SGD432.50 a day."

Cane attached a receipt of his earnings under the post, showing his income of RM2,800 in two days.

In a conversation with AsiaOne, Cane further stipulated that he received SGD580.31 (approximately RM1,900) for the 70 orders he completed on 10 and 11 December, with an additional SGD118 (approximately RM385) in incentives for completing 60 orders.

Nonetheless, Cane went on to state in his Facebook post how the job isn't as simple as what people may anticipate on the surface level.

"Being a food delivery rider is often seen as a menial job, but it's legitimate income you receive for your hard work. If you are unemployed or need the money, becoming a food delivery rider is a part-time job that can fill your stomach and increase your income."

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In a subsequent Facebook post, Cane described in great details some of the toughest challenges he has faced while working in this line of work

"Working as a food delivery ride is not an easy job. It often requires carrying heavy bags of rice, sometimes 10 to 20 bottles of 1.5-litre mineral water bottles, too," he said in the post.

He shared an instance where he had to climb more than 10 floors of an apartment complex because the elevator systems were broken. Certain moments have also caused him to walk between 300 to 400km a day, causing his knees to hurt greatly.

Issues would arise further when the weather got gloomy, and rain would drench him completely, causing further issues with his delivery service. "Sometimes, I get scolded by people in the eateries I pick up the food from, sometimes it's from customers. When the schedule gets too busy, I have to eat my food at the side of the road, in my car, or not eat at all."

Arduous from start to finish, Cane also revealed the stamina one needs when working on the job, with a screenshot of his working hours on 11 December, where he worked for 12 hours to complete 36 orders.

Timestamp of Cane's working hours on 11 December.

Image via AsiaOne/Billy Cane (Facebook)

Praising him for his honesty and candour, many people took to responding to Cane's post with their own take on his story

Giving his own perspective, one commenter stated how he knows of a Grab driver in Singapore who earns about SGD10,000 a month (approximately RM37,000). "But, it has to be hard work!" they wrote.

Despite this, a few people were sceptical on the authenticity of the post, saying that the money has to be spent in return to aid his job. "I think this is without deducting money for gas, parking fees, and road tolls."

All in all, the most important lesson everyone can take away from Cane's post is this: always respect service workers, and though it may seem as though they are rewarded generously, it does not remove how hard the work truly is

Read the full Facebook post below.

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